Better than take-out chicken pad thai -a quick and easy family favorite that’s ready in just 30 minutes!
I always thought that I preferred lo-mein over other Asian noodle dishes, until the day I tried pad thai. Where had this heavenly dish been all of my life?? When I met my husband, I was overjoyed to find out he was a pad thai lover as well. A match made in heaven!
I’ve made pad thai with shrimp before, which is a pretty common way of serving the dish. Sometimes though, you just don’t have shrimp on hand and you’re in the mood for a good Asian noodle dish. So chicken comes to the rescue. Which is pretty much exactly what happened when I made this chicken pad thai. The result? Big. Fat. Success. My husband raved about it!
The great thing about chicken pad thai is that it doesn’t take much prep time at all. You just boil the noodles, cook the chicken, whisk together the sauce, and throw everything in a pan. Bata-bing-bata-boom! Dinner is served. Lightly sauced, tender noodle and juicy chicken perfection. An instant family favorite! Mmmmmmm.
- 8 ounces flat rice noodles (found in the Asian section in most grocery stores - may sub fettuccine noodles in a pinch), cooked al dente according to package instructions
- 1 large boneless skinless chicken breast, pounded to ½ inch thickness and chopped into bite-sized pieces + salt & pepper to taste
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup fresh bean sprouts
- ⅓ cup sliced green onions
- ¼ cup sliced white onion
- ⅓ cup cilantro, roughly chopped
- optional: peanuts
- ¼ cup ketchup
- 2 tablespoons fish sauce (found in the Asian section at most grocery stores)
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon peanut butter
- juice of 1 lime
- ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 1 teaspoon soy sauce
- Season chicken with salt and pepper to taste. Cook chicken in a large wok or pan over medium heat, stirring throughout until cooked through (about 6-8 minutes), transfer chicken to a bowl and set aside.
- Whisk together all sauce ingredients and set aside. Crack eggs over preheated pan (where you cooked the chicken) and allow to fry for a bout a minute ,then break it up with a spoon and add the onions and bean sprouts. Add chicken and sauce. Add noodles and toss to coat the noodles in the sauce. Stir in green onions and cilantro. Garnish with peanuts if desired.